Saturday, 10 November 2007

Facebook 'viral' ads....more privacy concerns...

Facebook has released it's Facebook Ads initiative:

"Called Facebook Ads, the new program is threefold: advertisers can create branded pages, run targeted advertisements, and have access to intelligence and analytics pertaining to the site's more than 50 million users. Partners can participate in all three components of Facebook Ads, or a combination of them."

"Additionally, Facebook has unveiled targeted advertisements that will allow marketers to target by any information inside Facebook profiles, from relationship status to favorite television shows. Zuckerberg demonstrated the interface by targeting a hypothetical running shoe ad toward women aged 18 to 30 in New York who have listed "running" among their interests."
From: c|net 

The thing that concerns me is the 3rd one "have access to intelligence and analytics pertaining to the site's more than 50 million users"
To me, this basically reads, they get shitloads of information about you, in order to piss you off with adverts, spam and general annoyances.

I don't want companies generating a database of information about me, surely that is for me to decide. Where is the 'opt out' button? It seems that Facebook are playing this off as some kind of good thing, well to their users anyway, saying that we have asked for it. 

Basically, as far as I am concerned, there is enough junk in the news feed already, without bloody advertising to boot. 
Anyway, I have found the solution. Simply zap all your apps, turn your privacy settings right down, so apps can only see very limited data about you, and then re-add the apps, assuming you want them.

Heres a couple of stories about this issue:

Personally, I view this ad system to be as bad as adware installed on a PC. Basically, it's stealing your personal information in order to "track" your habits, and "offer" you shit you don't want.
Programs like Adaware and Windows Defender remove things called tracking cookies, which basically do exactly what this is doing, but at a much reduced level. 

The simple fact....don't trust Facebook. At all. Period.

Leopard Roundup....

Ok, so...i've had Leopard for 2 weeks now.

Problems that I have had have been minimal, a few app incompatibilities, but nothing major. To be honest, it's not much different to using Tiger, the reliability seems to be similar, and the bugs are annoyingly similar. 
Such as the SMB bug, when connecting to a Windows machine and the connection hangs up for some reason, Finder hangs and there is no way of recovering it, hard reset is the only way. I experienced that one last night, which pissed me off somewhat. :-s
I have an idea how to get round that one though, make sure you have a terminal window open so you can kill Finder or halt the system if it happens. ;-)

Apart from that, that's the only complete system hang that I have had since the iChat backgrounds facade 2 weeks ago.

Memory usage is pretty stable, Safari seems to eat a lot now and again, but then seems to release it back too now and again, but thats web browsers for you in general. Load wise, the system isn't really doing much, and the load is minimal.

Few app incompatibilities have been noticed, such as X-Lite (softphone) not working at all, but apparently a new update will fix that. ClamXav's scheduling also doesn't work properly, although, I don't really care. I'm quite capable of updating virus defs manually.
Everything else appears to be working fine.

Time Machine is brilliant, I have used it several times to go back to prev versions of files that I have been hacking about with, and I also used it to do a full system restore, which worked flawlessly.

It seems though, many other users have not been as fortunate as me, if you go on the Apple support forums, it's full of people with various problems. My honest belief is that these people are creating the problems themselves, by doing upgrades for a start. Who in their right mind upgrades an operating system? God, no...not a good idea. Always start fairly clean at least, I think archive and restore is the way to go personally.
Also, people don't think to remove all the silly hacks they implement. If you want hacks, at least expect some system instability. It seems that many users prefer to mess about with the internals of their systems, which is up to them, but, what do you expect when you do an upgrade?

Silly people.

Also,, I don't think they have actually published a decent hint for Leopard so far, most of them have been complete crap, or ugly hacks that are most likely going to be zapped by 10.5.1.
So, if you want my advice, don't bother.

10.5.1, by the way, has been seeded to developers, so i'm sure it wont be a million years till it's out. It may well come out at the same time as 10.4.11 and Safari 3 Final. In fact, 10.4.11 will probably include Safari 3 final on Tiger.

I'll post some more at some point when I can be arsed, but those are my thoughts for the moment.

Bye for now.


Prince is going to sue

What a complete nobhead.

Say no more.

For comedy, read this lot:


Monday, 5 November 2007

Why Linux Will Succeed On The Desktop

Just a quickie, here's an interesting story that I read this morning.

To me, it makes sense.

Enjoy ;-)

Thursday, 1 November 2007

Leopard Security....

Come on Apple, you can do better than this:

Not very good is it...what was all that touting about security?

And while we are on a similar subject, where the FUCK is Java 6 in Leopard? Why the hell is that obselete Java 5 still included? 

Apple, stop fucking about with phones and pissy ipod's and sort your priorities out, you know, the things that got you started in the first place...

Porn trojan on OS X

Fortunately, this won't be bothering me, because of 2 simple reasons:

  1. It's highly unlikely that I would ever be looking at pictures of Britney Spears, dubious or not, or any more straight porn for that matter. ;-)
  2. I'm not a fucking idiot.
Amusing though...even more amusing that some dumb users have actually installed it, weird desperate bastards. It proves to me that even some users shouldn't have a "more secure" mac. The computer is only as secure as the user, and the user education....oh and the fucking common sense.

Taking the piss out of Microsoft...again.

Sorry, I just can't help it.... ;-)